San Diego Padres @ St. Louis Cardinals
Thursday, August 14, 7:15 PM CDT , Busch Stadium
Eric Stults, LHP
John Lackey, RHPStults has been very good his last two times out, allowing one earned run over a combined 12 2/3 innings, with that one run coming the last time out in a road win in Pittsburgh. His backdoor slider has become more of a weapon for him of late.
Friday, August 15, 7:15 PM CDT , Busch StadiumLackey's second start for the Cardinals was a forgettable one, as he allowed nine runs for the first time since 2011 and served up three homers. He is in the clear, though, knowing that he will not have to face another AL East team this season.
Tyson Ross, RHP
Lance Lynn, RHPRoss picked up his 11th win his last time out against the Pirates, and he has now logged 10 consecutive games of six or more innings while allowing two or fewer earned runs since June 21, matching the club record for such consecutive starts.
Saturday, August 16, 6:15 PM CDT , Busch StadiumFor the first time since June, Lynn allowed more than two runs and pitched fewer than six innings in his start Sunday. Still, Lynn continues to be one of the Cardinals' most durable pitchers and has the third fewest HR/9 IP allowed among NL starters.
Jesse Hahn, RHP
Shelby Miller, RHPHahn is getting closer to the finish line of his rookie season in the big leagues, as the Padres want to keep him under 140 innings between his work with San Diego and his earlier stint in the Minor Leagues. He's at 104 2/3 innings.
Sunday, August 17, 1:15 PM CDT , Busch StadiumIn his previous 18 2/3 innings, Miller had allowed just five runs. But on Monday against the Marlins, he matched that in five innings. Although he struck out five, he gave up two walks and eight hits, including a pair of homers to Giancarlo Stanton.
Odrisamer Despaigne, RHP
Adam Wainwright, RHP
In Tuesday's loss in Miami, Wainwright worked around some early trouble only to get knocked around for an RBI single and a two-run homer in the fourth. But he settled down enough to throw a total of 88 pitches in his seven-frame outing.